Google I/O 2017: Google unveils Android Go for entry-level smartphones

Google I/O 2017: Google unveils Android Go for entry-level smartphones

There'll be a section on the Google Play store for these devices that highlights apps optimized for Android Go.

"Android O" is aimed to make phone startup quicker and apps faster, with added optimisations for developers to help prevent your battery from draining.

"Our goal is to help you build the best possible machine learning systems from top to bottom".

The push marks another step toward infusing almost all of Google's products with some semblance of artificial intelligence - the concept of writing software that enables computers to gradually learn to think more like humans.

The move is good news for developers looking to flirt with the use of apps that bypass the need for installation, which could be used to ensure that users of said apps are more engaged in them, rather than needing to wait for a time sapping download and install process, complete with authorising any permissions an app may need to data and a phone's features.

Google punctuated the theme near the end of the conference's keynote address by projecting the phrase, "Computing that works like we do". You can also share the page so other Android users may also know about the Google Assistant-compatible apps.

The company announced that Android device owners will now be able to set appointments or reminders, make hands-free phone call, use Spotify's free music offering, as well as Soundcloud and Deezer on Google Home. It also not clear if Google has plans to join the job market, launching a more credible competitor to job search engines like Indeed and Monster. Google for Jobs could also include a one-click "apply" feature.

Pichai has made AI the foundation of his strategy since becoming Google's CEO in late 2015, emphasizing that technology is rapidly evolving from a "mobile-first" world, where smartphones steer the services that companies are building, to an "AI-first" world, where the computers supplement the users' brains.

Optimized apps will be promoted on the Google Play Store with the new section "Optimized for your device". Google made the big announcement this week.

While Assistant won't be able to replace Siri completely, it will function as part of Google's already existing iPhone app.

"There are now more Android users in India than there are in the US", said Sameer Samat, the VP of product management for Android and Google Play.